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The Deadly Streets by Harlan Ellison (book review).

April 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Deadly Streets by Harlan Ellison (book review).

If you’ve ever walked down a dark street and felt intimidated or had your property stolen, you’ll know the frustration and impotence that those situations create. If you’re lucky, your world and this will only cross over once or twice but imagine it being your daily life. This is what Harlan Ellison highlights in this […]

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The Virtues Of Captain America by Mark D. White (book review).

April 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Virtues Of Captain America by Mark D. White (book review).

I’ve reviewed philosopher Mark D. White’s other edited books looking at philosophy with other comicbook characters but with this one, ‘The Virtues Of Captain America’, he writes solo. I should point out that his focus is on Steve Rogers in the comicbooks, not the TV or film versions or anyone else who has worn the […]

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The Power Of Film by Howard Suber (book review).

April 13, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
The Power Of Film by Howard Suber (book review).

Howard Suber teaches film courses at UCLA and his students have often asked him to get his course notes released as book. Finally, ‘The Power Of Film’ is the result divided into 259 alphabetical sections. Even Suber says this book is better to browse than read through. However, as this is a review and everything […]

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Editorial – April 2014: Nobody here but us . . .

March 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Editorial – April 2014: Nobody here but us . . .

For the uninformed, humans have to told there are other humans out there.  Hello everyone Don’t you find it odd that the media goes out of its way to describe people as being ‘human’ as if ‘humans’ were a different species ? Although I doubt they’ve ever heard how I describe myself with multiple labels, […]

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Inner Drives by Pamela Jaye Smith (book review).

March 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Inner Drives by Pamela Jaye Smith (book review).

Pamela Jaye Smith’s book ‘Inner Drives’ is all about the motivations that drive characters to do what they do. She brings it down to eight basic ones but shows that people can change between them. For those of you who write, having an understanding of the growth and change in a character over the course […]

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Fur-Lined Ghettos # 4 (e-mag review).

March 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fur-Lined Ghettos # 4 (e-mag review).

Geoff’s monthly offering. This is what Sophie Essex, The Editor, gives us for an editorial: ‘And you.   You glowing, glowing with psychoanalytical embers;   burning with Dalinian giraffes,   Organs clogged with sunburnt grass.’ Stand aside, Uncle Geoff, you have been superseded. You can’t beat that for an editorial! I’m not completely sure about […]

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Editorial – March 2014: I see, therefore I must have…eventually!

March 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Editorial – March 2014: I see, therefore I must have…eventually!

Hello everyone Am I ever surprised? As I’m being rhetorical here, I’ll have to answer myself. Oh, lots of times. Most of the time it’s to do with human behaviour and the definition of normality which always surprises me especially by how much common-sense or thinking for yourself is thrown out the window in preference […]

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Cosplayers UK – The Movie (DVD review).

February 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cosplayers UK – The Movie (DVD review).

The first thing to consider with any kind of documentary is what the target audience is. This is an amateur video-film devoted to the world wide phenomenon of Cosplay. This is short for ‘costume play’ in which participants don costumes to represent characters from film, fantasy and comic, including animé. Anyone who has attended a […]

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Sirens: The Pin-Up Art Of David Wright by Terry Parker (book review).

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sirens: The Pin-Up Art Of David Wright by Terry Parker (book review).

David Wright (1912-1967) is an artist’s works whom you might have seen and not been able to put a name to. As pointed out with a still from the 1952 film ‘Angels One-Five’, it was his cheesecake paintings on the wall in the officers’ mess. Coming from a family of painters, Wright had a good […]

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The Value Of Violence by Benjamin Ginsberg (book review).

February 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Value Of Violence by Benjamin Ginsberg (book review).

With an odd title like ‘The Value Of Violence’, Benjamin Ginsberg isn’t actually telling you to go and hit your neighbour. Please don’t. They might hit you back. No, what this book is about, for the most part, is the actionable violence carried out by governments in power. Although he looks at various governments across […]

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